Originally published in 1960, paints a picture of what life was like in Renaissance Florence. It examines private and public life of Florentine citizens, governance and defence; the life of women; domestic arrangements; ritual and ceremony, siege and plague.
‘… the sources are rich and numberless…. An absorbing picture.’ New Statesman
‘…a full, compact, and useful guide to French society during the first 15 years of the 19th Century.’ The Daily Telegraph
1. A City Divided Against Itself 2. The Signoria and Florentine Trade 3. Various Aspects of the Florentine Character 4. Cosimo de’ Medici and the Advent of the Bankers 5. Lorenzo the Magnificent: An Era of Culture and Violence 6. The Last Days of Lorenzo: A Turning-Point in the Daily Life of Florence 7. A Tour of the City and the Countryside 8. Home-Life in Florence – I 9. Home-Life in Florence – II 10. Public Life 11. Burghers, Artisans and Taxpayers 12. The Barbarian and the Prophet 13. Uncertainty of the Times 14. The Intellectuals 15. Lives of the Artists 16. Feminism 17. Stories and Anecdotes 18. Life in the City During the Siege and Under the Tyranny of Alessandro 19. Florence under the Yoke 20. The Decline: The Gallery of Masks